I am not trying to taunt those of you who have been house bound but I have been out and about in this glorious autumn weather. Yesterday I was savouring the brilliant reds and yellows and oranges of the deciduous trees as I drove to a garden consultation appointment in Canberra and a plant delivery in Hall. In Canberra my client had noticed an increase in native birds as the native plants we had planted in the last couple of years start to get bigger and flower. The visit was to advise on some infill ideas for this delightful courtyard garden. The delivery of plants to Hall was to another native plant lover who is trying to get rid of ivy and periwinkle without poisonous sprays and replace with natives to attract native fauna. Its so special that we have a growing number of people who value what is uniquely Australian and want to do it justice. I couldn’t help singing at the top of my voice to the radio for the pure joy of it.
Earlier in the week I drove to Yass to visit a clients garden. Gorgeous rows of white standard roses lined the brick path to the front door underplanted with fabulously intricate ballerina flowers of Fuchsia in pinks and purples. Simply exquisite. She wanted to plant a large area in native plants to ‘bring back the birds’ but at the same time could enjoy the beauty of the exotic plantings of the previous owner.
And a couple of weeks ago I visited a clients garden in Canberra where the natives have been planted to blend seamlessly with the reserve right across the front of the house. The native birds flitted in and out, bright splashes of colour, while I collected cuttings and found treasures I hadn’t seen before.
This week I am out and about again. I am off to Bango to have a look at a garden. Oh gosh I love it all. If there is anything I love as much as propagating plants it is to be invited into your domain to enjoy the diverse way in which each of you puts together our plants to created something special.